The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Karkarook Park, Heatherton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Karkarook parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Karkarook parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see the Running For Fitness website.

Course Map

Course Description

This is a 2 lap clockwise loop of Karkarook Park. Starting at the bird lookout then following the dirt track towards Warrigal Road. Continue along the path towards the Dingley Bypass then following the gravel path around the lake. You will approach asphalt which continues around the lake until the end of the first loop. Repeat.

Facilities

Bird hides, Boat ramp, Electric gas BBQ, Picnic table/seat, Playground, Information shelter, Picnic shelter, Toilet, Sealed carpark.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the bird lookout in Karkarook Park.

Getting there by public transport

Located 24 kms from Melbourne and 28 minutes by car. A Flinders Street train to Cheltenham or Moorabbin station followed by bus should get you to karkarook in just over 1 hour. Bus number 903 travels down Warrigal Road stops at the end of Fairchild Street.

Getting there on foot

The closest station is Moorabbin, it’s a 54 minute walk from there or an uber/taxi will get you there in 7 minutes.

Getting there by road

Take CityLink (TollWay) and Monash Freeway towards SE suburbs. Take Warrigal Rd offramp and follow Warrigal Rd south for approximately 7kms. Enter park from Fairchild Street a few hundred metres past South Road. Free car parking is available across 3 car park. Enter via Fairchild Street off Warrigal Rd. The first car park (Dragonfly) is located near the Information Centre

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Otto 8, Arco Lane, Heatherton - please come and join us!